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'Jersey Shore' Cast

Squeezing MTV For More $$$

6/17/2011 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The "Jersey Shore" cast has put the screws to MTV for a FIFTH TIME -- negotiating new contracts for an upcoming season back in New Jersey ... and we're told, they locked down their biggest salaries yet.

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Plans are already in motion for a fifth season back in Seaside Heights -- but sources connected with the "Jersey" cast tell TMZ ... Pauly D, Snooki, The Situation and the rest of the gang refused to take part without signing new contracts first.

We're told MTV originally planned to shoot the new season under the terms of the Season 4 contracts -- but lawyers for the cast refused ... so MTV drew up new papers.

We're told the majority of the cast has already re-signed for a bump in salary -- not a HUGE raise, but still significant -- and the rest will sign this week.

The cast is scheduled to fly back from Italy on the 23rd -- and start shooting the new season in Jersey on the 26th. 495 Productions has not returned calls, and MTV had no comment.

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31.

Sloane    

really don't think (if MTV refuses to give them more $ and they decide to walk) that NBC or CNN or OWN etc. will be calling them to woo them to their network!

they think that MTV desperately needs them
the don't realize that if MTV drops them..their free ride is over

and doubt if they had the smarts to save every cent because not even McDonalds whould hire them - they take out the trash- they don't hire it!

1161 days ago
32.

Barbie    

I'm really upset because it's been so nice so far this summer without them taking over Seaside Heights. Going to the boardwalk has been pleasant BUT now when they come back all the crap will be soon following..

1161 days ago
33.

Missy    

These dumb@sses should be thankful that MTV is paying them at all! Their 5 mins have long been up!

1161 days ago
34.

John    

Well there goes Seaside again...these ash0les svck

as do all the worthless people that gawk over retards.

I wouldn't care except I'd like to bring my kid to the rides without dealing with classless sellouts and their idiot followers. If you could have seen the last season - gawkers shouting at the retards when they were on the beach. People on the beach...woooooww. We will get what's coming to us, USA, and make no mistake it will be soon.

1161 days ago
35.

Louis    

Mtv no longer stands for "Music Television". It now stands for "MORON Tv" . J J Jackson would be rolling in his grave now to see what happened to that channel.

1161 days ago
36.

kbug003579    

These kids are now full of themselves, and snotty. They are gna lose their minds when this fad goes away and somthing new and bigger comes out... But I dont really blame them for milking it for at its worth... But now I feel like that show is most likely at an all time fake and low where most of the issues will be over dramatized and they will be basically "acting".

1161 days ago
37.

Wishbone    

I just want to know who they hired to read the contracts to them.

1161 days ago
38.

Mittens    

That's good for them. I believe that should make as much money as any other reality tv show cast.

1161 days ago
39.

bubba    

Like there aren't a million other Jerseyesque replacements out there. Dump them and bring in the replacements.

1161 days ago
40.

Sir Boo    

Pauly D and the Situation should be making at least a million per episode. The others are jokes.

1161 days ago
41.

veronica    

I like watching Jersey Shore. Who cares what the cast makes? MTV can well afford it, in turn for the revenue it rakes in.

1161 days ago
42.

Don    

Only in America do we make talentless knuckleheads like this famous, goes to show the stupidity of society

1161 days ago
43.

MP    

I always see a lot of negative comments regarding Jersey Shore, mine included. Who exactly is watching this show?

1161 days ago
44.

Areader    

Good for the cast of "Jersey Shore" they have the number rated Reality Show on TV....they deserve the raise!

1161 days ago
45.

Mike    

I dont like the show, but I agree with them, they better enjoy now, because when Jersey Shore end, they have no future, plus there wont be another opportunity, to get paid (with a lot of money), for drink, and have sex with a bunch of people.

1161 days ago
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